Washington attended the Leadership Summit of author and Bishop T.D. Jax on Saturday morning for a discussion about his career and faith when Jax asked him what happened between Smith and Rock at the Oscars.
Well, there’s an old saying, ‘When the devil ignores you, you know you’re doing something wrong. ‘Oh no, leave him alone, he’s my favourite,’ says the Devil. Conversely, when the Devil comes to you, he’s probably because he’s trying to do something right. On stage, Washington told Jakes, ‘For what reason would Satan have succumbed to that circumstance that night.’
Washington was seen talking to Smith, along with Smith’s advocate Tyler Perry, during commercial breaks at the Academy Awards after he slapped Smith on Rock for making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith. During his acceptance speech for Best ActorSmith thanked Washington and said that Washington told him, “In your prime, be careful, when the devil comes for you.”
“Fortunately there were people. Not only me, but others, Tyler Perry, came with me right away. [Said] some prayers. I do not want to say what we talked about, but there but for the grace of God go any of us. Who do we owe? “I don’t know all the ins and outs of the situation, but I know the only solution is prayer, the way I see it,” Washington said on Saturday.
Smith’s public fallout over the slap turned into the biggest crisis of his career. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launched an investigation into the assault this week and Friday Smith resigned from the academy.
“The list of people I have injured is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dearest friends and loved ones, and everyone present and the global audience at home,” Smith said in a statement on Friday. “You betrayed the Academy’s trust. You denied the other nominees and winners the opportunity to celebrate and celebrate their exceptional work. It burned my heart.”
On his first stand show since the slap, Rock talked about the accident in Bostonsaying he was still “processing what happened” and would discuss it more fully at a later time.
“I don’t have a lot of bullshit about what happened, so if you’ve come to hear that, I have a full show I wrote before this weekend,” Rock said on Wednesday Night Show. “I’m still sort of processing what happened. So, at some point I’m going to talk about this bullshit. And it’s going to be serious and funny.”
Correction: Washington quotes have been updated for clarity.